Students are using 'gigantic swinging sex toys' to ridicule US gun laws 0 comments 09:38, 12 Oct 2015 Updated 09:49, 12 Oct 2015 By Simon Carr The protest is against a new law coming in next August which will allow people to carry hidden handguns throughout university campuses Dildo protest: Controversial demo is raising eyebrows on social media Students are taking a stand about the lack of gun controls in the US - by arming themselves with sex toys. The protest was sparked by a new law coming in next August which will allow people to carry hidden handguns throughout university campuses. But more than 3,500 people at the University of Texas have signed up to displaying sex toys on their campus, to demonstrate the hypocrisy of a society which is scandalised by fake penises but not by working guns. The campaign is being promoted on social media with the hashtag #CocksNotGlocks. Swagger: Gun laws in America have been criticised by students A protest Facebook page states: "Starting on the first day of Long Session classes on August 24, 2016, we are strapping gigantic swinging dildos to our backpacks in protest of campus carry. "ANYBODY can participate in solidarity, alum, non-UT students, people outside of Texas. Come one dildo, come all dildos. "You're carrying a gun to class? Yeah well I'm carrying a HUGE DILDO. "Just about as effective at protecting us from sociopathic shooters, but much safer for recreational play." According to Texas state law, anyone displaying or distributing "obscene" materials in public can be hit with a $500 fine. University of Texas student Jessica Jin, who is organising the campaign, said: "The State of Texas has decided that it is not at all obnoxious to allow deadly concealed weapons in classrooms, however it DOES have strict rules about free sexual expression, to protect your innocence. "You would receive a citation for taking a DILDO to class before you would get in trouble for taking a gun to class. "Heaven forbid the penis." This protest comes after three shootings on American university campuses in less than a fortnight. One person was killed and another injured following a gun attack at Texas Southern University on October 9 - within hours of one person being killed and three being hurt at Arizona University. Both of these attacks followed the tragic events at Umpqua Community College in Oregon on October 1, with British-born gunman Chris Harper-Mercer shot dead nine people and injured seven more. He was then killed in a shootout with police. This year there have been 52 school shootings in the US in which 30 people have been killed and 53 injured.